April 26, 2012
Oklahoma State Board of Education Meeting Highlights
Board Meets at Tulsa’s Will Rogers School
The Oklahoma State Board of Education held its regular monthly meeting at Will Rogers College Junior High and High School in Tulsa on Thursday, April 26, 2012. The school was formerly low-performing but has been transformed into a 7th-10th grade school under Tulsa’s Project Schoolhouse program. All faculty members at the school were replaced. Next year, the school will add 11th grade and offer concurrent enrollment courses with Tulsa Community College.
Board Hears an Update on TLE System Implementation
The Board heard an update on the implementation of the Teacher and Leader Effectiveness (TLE) Evaluation System. Executive Director of TLE Alicia Currin-Moore told board members that 463 of the state’s 527 public and charter school districts have selected a teacher model. Of those, 419 selected the Tulsa model and 44 selected Marzano. Of the 419 districts that selected a leader model, 404 chose McREL and 15 chose Reeves. If a school district’s superintendent is also the school’s principal, and there are no other “leaders” in the district, then the district does not need to select a leader evaluation model at this time. Training for evaluators will begin later this spring. Moore said that 1,957 administrators will need to be trained to use the Tulsa model, and 513 will be trained to use Marzano; 1,007 evaluators will be trained to use the McREL leader evaluation system, 19 will need Reeves training. The State Department of Education has set aside $1.5 million for TLE implementation.
Board hears update on ACE Survey and End-of-Course Projects
The Board also heard an update on Achieving Classroom Excellence (ACE) graduation survey results and an update on ACE End-of-Course projects. Melissa White, Executive Director of Counseling and ACE, said that of the 420 K-12 districts in the state, 84 had not yet responded to the state’s request for a voluntary update on the number of seniors who have met all graduation requirements. She said of the survey results that were self-reported by the districts, about 93 percent of seniors have met all requirements. That leaves about 2,000 students who have not yet demonstrated proficiency in four of seven required End-of-Instruction (EOI) tests or have successfully completed End-of-Course projects. The state also required districts to complete a survey asking how many students have attempted End-of-Course projects as an alternative to passing EOI tests. Of those that reported, 253 students have attempted one or more projects; 63 students have completed projects; 163 are still in progress; and 25 students have stopped working on a project, which could mean they have shown proficiency in another way, moved or quit, White said.
Changes to Tulsa Teacher Evaluation Model Approved
Changes to Tulsa’s teacher evaluation model were approved by the board with the provision that these and future modifications to any of the three state-approved frameworks will be brought before the Teacher Leader Effectiveness Commission for review before the end of the pilot year (the 2012-13 school year). The changes requested by Tulsa Public Schools remove criteria No. 6, which deals with the physical environment of the classroom, and replaces it with part of the criteria from No. 19, which states, “Teacher optimizes the learning environment through respectful and appropriate interactions with students, conveying high expectations for students and an enthusiasm for the curriculum.”
Santa Fe South Middle School Kept Off C3 List
The Board voted not to include Santa Fe South Middle School as a C3 Partnership School. The item was tabled at the board’s last meeting after Board members agreed to allow the school to submit more information about its capacity to improve. C3 Partnership Schools are those that are considered the most in need of intervention based on performance evaluations. The school is still listed as a Priority School.
School Improvement Grants Awarded to Three Schools
The Board approved awarding School Improvement Grants to three of six schools applying. About $5.3 million will be split between Shidler Elementary and Roosevelt Middle School in the Oklahoma City Public School District and Butner Elementary in the Butner District. The funds will be used to help turn around the low-performing schools. The board was told that low funding levels from the U.S. Department of Education precluded providing grants to all applicants.